Community Organizations

Students at the Elkhart Area Career Center have the opportunity to show off their skills, compete for championships and scholarship dollars through SkillsUSA and FFA.



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Who We Are

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

Mission Statement: SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.

The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

2016-2017 SkillsUSA State Winners

Student Home School Competition
Amy Whittaker Bremen First Aid/CPR
Jared Schmucker Bremen Automotive Refinishing
Hayley Tucker Central Dental
Jacob Thrash Central Career Pathways
Dillon Kearney Concord CSI
Evan McDowell Concord Automotive Service Technician
Sandra Cortez Concord Career Pathways
Lucas Pierce Edwardsburg Advertising Design
Nick Pernice Goshen Audio/Radio
Nicole Barden Jimtown Prepared Speech
Meagan Irons Memorial Medical Math
Abbigail Krider Memorial Photography
Savannah Cash Memorial Career Pathways
Cameron Williamson Mishawaka CSI
Happy Emmons Mishawaka Audio/Radio
Gavin Kercher Northridge Power Equipment Technology
Jacob Williams Northridge TV Production
Ashton Miller Northridge TV Production
Tim Allen Penn   CSI
Callan Okrzesik Penn   Health Occupations Portfolio
Joseph Higgins Central Dental
Robert Brusdahl Central TV Production
Ryan Stoll Concord Motorcycle Service Technology
Felix Saldivar Concord Quiz Bowl
Cassie Grooms Concord Quiz Bowl
Julio Flores Edwardsburg Technical Drafting
Ashley Vande Zande Edwardsburg Medical Math
Madeline Morehead Elkhart Christian Photography
Derick Schmucker Goshen Diesel Equipment Technology
Aidan Strite Goshen TV Production
Taylor Mikel Jimtown Quiz Bowl
Stesha Kiefer Memorial Quiz Bowl
Yi Liao Mishawaka Quiz Bowl
Ricky Iniesta Northridge Audio/Radio
Trevor Klotz Northwood Audio/Radio
Patrick Brough Penn Collision Repair
Carlos Baca Central TV Production
Brett Allen Concord Advertising Design
Caleb Fowler Jimtown Plumbing
Evan Rodecki Memorial 3D Visualization and Animation
Zachary Christner Northridge Motorcycle Service Technology
Brandon Bowe Northridge Power Equipment Tech
Jessica Richardson Northridge TV Production
Samantha Juarez Northwood Culinary Arts
Tyler Fitzpatrick Northwood Marine Service Technology
Jay Roy Penn 3D Visualization and Animation
Hannah Kupferschmid Penn (HomeSchooled) Medical Math
Tara Roy Penn Dental
Keegan Cook Penn Action Skills



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FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.

Why Join FFA

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.

  • Be a part of the largest student organization in the world.
  • Apply for more than $2 million in scholarships.
  • Meet new friends from across the country.
  • Learn skills that will help you in your future career.
  • Compete on leadership and judging teams.
  • Do your part in helping to provide food and fiber to the world.